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. >> it's good to have you here with us. egypt calls on palestinians and israelis to agree on indefinite cease-fire and get back to talking. >> with three million somalis in need of urgent aid to prevent a
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famine. >> we visit a town where things ar. >> hundreds of iranian soldiers have taken part in operations in iraq with kurdish forces. it's pleased to be the first time that iranian troops have been directly embroiled in the fighting on this scale. they help the peshmerga to take back the town o from islamic state rebels. >> reporter: there is fierce fighting by kurdish forces in the northeast of the country. this is around the town of diyala. we're told for the first time that iranian units have crossed that border. they have crossed over iranian fighters on friday and saturday.
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they brought artillery with them to counter shelling by the islamic state group. because of mines and bombs laid by islamic state fighters they will try to push opposite and retake that count. helicopters have backed them but not u.s. airstrikes. the u.s. has limited its response here and has focused on u.s. interests to protect u.s. citizens and other assets here in the north. there are reports of at least one bomb, in baghdad, meanwhile. this one a suicide car bomb near a police station that also house as unit of iraqi intelligence attached to the interior ministry. several civilians and at least two police officers have died in that one. security forces and police stations are frequent targets of attacks claimed by islamic state groups.
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>> and we're now joined by the national iranian american couple. he joins us live from washington, d.c. it's worth reporting hundreds of iranian troops have joined the fight. they're backed by the kurdish fighters pill tel. tell me about the significance of the bombing in iraq. >> isis makes for strange bedfellows. the current government of iraq, kurds, america, iran, they're finding cause in stability because isis presents a threat to each of these respective actors. so in the bigger scheme of things iran is doing something and you're not seeing western countries or iraqi governments or any arab governments complaining about it. that's noteworthy because in the past this is an area. iraq has been an area where all of these countries have been fighting one another. i think it's very noteworthy in that sense.
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>> in that sense was this done with the consent of baghdad and washington? >> i would say in all likelihood there has been behind-the-scenes communication saying you know, we want to avoid fighting one another because we essentially have the same goal. so i'm not saying that you're going to see american and iranian troops fighting next to one another any time soon. i think because they're trying to find common cause and stability there is a list of tasks that both sides are trying to accomplish perhaps they can divide up that list of tasks. i think that's what we're seeing. >> now iran has always been vying for more influence in iraq how involved do you think they're going to get. can you see this going further? >> i think iran is going to try to be very measured in terms of sending it's own troops to fight in iraq. it has a long-standing track record pre-dating the iraq war in trying to fight down to the
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last iraqi or trying to fight down to the last lebanese. traditionally iran uses money, intelligence, weapons, and other types of materials support to achieve its objectives. when it uses iranian fighters across borders it does escalate things but oftentimes especially in the case of iraq now in the case of isis it's being done in coordination with others. i don't think you're going to see so much of and a massive escalation because there is a fear of mission creep inside of iran. >> good to get your thoughts. from the national iranian american council. let's bring you news just coming out of the iraqi city of kirkuk. three car bombs have gone off killing people and injuring eight others. a bomb has exploded in erbil, the capitol of the semi
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autonomous kurdish region. we can get more information at the scene. dana, what more can you tell us? >> reporter: well, this is a serious development. like you mentioned, a car bombing in erbil, the capitol of the semi autonomous kurdish region in the north. we understand that it went off a main road close to a technical college, and also close by is the office of the kurdish parties here in iraq, and what we understand is that their fighters were involved in the battles. there have been no claims of responsibility. as you can imagine this happened just a short while ago with reports coming in. really, this is the first car bombing of its kind in erbil. erbil has been under threats of
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approximately ten days ago. islamic state fighters try t to hold territory 35 kilometers from erbil. no one has taken responsibility, in this serious development. >> with the latest on the attack in erbil, thank you. now egypt is urging israel and the palestinians to accept an indefinite truce and start talking. the most recent cease-fire collapsed on tuesday. >> what concerns us more at the moment is to put an end to the blood shed. put an end to any act that causes more sacrifices. once that happens the humanitarian relief aid and rebuilding efforts must start. in other words, the same day the
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cease-fire comes in effect. relief aided medical supplies should flood into gaza. >> since the conflict began in july 2134 olympics have been killed. and more than 10,000 olympics have been injured. the u.n. said that 71% are civilians. can you tell us what the seen is there today.
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>> so many people here in gaza have been living in dread, since the cease of those talks 80 people have been killed. hundreds have been injured. businesses and homes have been d destroyed or badly damaged. >> thank you very much. >> libyan media are reporting jets have launched airstrikes in tripoli killing ten people. the airstrikes targeted an armed group. now rival brigades have been fighting for control for more than a month.
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the governing body for the continent has made the announcement in just the last hour. the unrest has delayed plans to build new stadiums, the confederation of african football has asked other counties to bid for the tournament. >> we can now go to developing story out of iceland where all air traffic has been banned over the volcano. iceland has raised it's alert system that the volcano could soon erupt. it has begun to melt ice beneath the glacial surface. an evacuation was put in place as a precaution. there is plenty more still ahead on al jazeera. we'll tell i couldn't these wild horses could be dragged away, and we'll have the latest on a bitter battle brewing in
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>> hello again. let me take you to our top stories. hundreds of iranian soldiers have taken part of joint forces. they have taken a town back from islamic state fighters.
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getting news of separate attacks in northern iraq. two car bombs have gone off killing 18 people and injures eight others. and another has gone off in erbil. egypt is urging israel and hamas to continue with cease-fire. negotiations. rebels are continue irthink protest in yemen. demanding the government resign but there is concern that the demonstration should become--could become violent. we have this report. >> reporter: this is the way the rebels start their rallies. death to america. death to israel. for the community the u.s. and israel show regret. but today they're venting their
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frustration of their own government. >> we want to purge the government of corrupt politicians. >> but for many sunnies, they're using the protest to promote ideology and potentially control yemen. an accusation by these protesters who insist that the outcry against injustice and poverty is shared by all yemeni. they come from all walks of life. >> the protest that you see here are determined to get their demands met. the rebels say it is an act of determination. it is seen by the opponents as an act of provocation that could destabilize yemen and stop all
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hopes for democracy in. >> talks are under way to diffuse the tension. there may be concessions but they want the government to go. they also want to have a bigger say in politics. they were a minority a decade ago. now they have become larger than life. al jazeera. >> al jazeera is demanding the release of three journalists jailed in egypt. they're falsely accused of helping the muslim brotherhood. in june they were given seven years senses. badder mohammed got an extra three years because he had a spent bullet in his possession, which he picked up at a protest. lawyers for the three men have filed an appeal against their conviction. ivory coast has closed it's
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land border against guinea and liberia efforts to stop the spread of ebola. the disease has killed more than 1400 people since the outbreak was first identified in guinea in march. so far there have been no reported cases in the ivory coast. the united nations is warning that the world must act now to prevent a famine in somalia. droughts and conflict is beginning to leave thousands without access to food. we have reports from southern somalia. >> in droughts stricken southern somalian, familiarity is setting in. the livestock have already started dying and sources of water dry up. people hearsay they're fearing for their lives. >> i doubt if we can go on living like this for even a few more days. we could have escaped but we don't know where to go.
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the drought is everywhere. >> reporter: it is a condition that worsens by the day. across this region thousands are on the move. they are joining to places like this just 40 kilometers from the kenyan border just one of the few places are aid can reach with ease. one of the new arivals. >> i fled conflict and hunger. people were being killed for no reason. we were left to our own means and we're getting no help from outside. >> reporter: nowhere has this conflict affected more than the town. for years it was controlled by al-shabaab fighters. six months ago government forces supported by troops took back control of the town. but al-shabaab fighters didn't go far. now people are suffering from a complete blockade imposed by the armed group.
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drought, high food prices pushed by the blockage are pushing these people to the brink. there is a shortage of everything here. there is little activities in the main market. many stores have closed. the few traders still hearsay business is bad. whatever aid that has been september is stuck in warehouses in mogudishu. >> if we don't act swiftly now things will deteriorate the situation where people will be dying as well. that is what we want to avoid. >> all the action by the humanitarian community is what many are hoping for.
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al jazeera, somalia. >> five people have been killed in fighting between the rebels and french peace keepers in the central african republic. the violence started on tuesday when fighters attacked the troops during a patrol. it happened i in the district of the capitol bangui. is has happened since the signing of the peace deal in july. tensions are easing in ferguson, missouri, after police had shot and killed an unarmed teenager. police were a nearby town say they're taking measures to avoid any similar shooting. we have this report. >> reporter: it seems nearly every young black man in america has a story of unhappy encounter with police. >> he just started beating me on
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my left knee. like mashed potatoes. a big white guy. i passed out. when i woke back up he took the wheelchair and rolled it around to the back of his patrol car and grabbed my head and bumped it on the end of the bumper of the car. he still wasn't satisfied. >> reporter: in part because there were witnesses that officer was later fired. but many young african-americans say it is a recurring pattern that often goes unpunished. >> pretty much everybody i know have a story about a cop, and it was never good. or had it been me, i would have been found guilty 30 seconds later. but because it's a white officer people will stand behind him. >> reporter: there are many american communities like ferguson where young black men lackation and economic opportunity. that can lead to high crime but here in wellston things are
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happening differently. in wellston, the population is mostly black. >> i don't think it would happen here in wellston based on what we've done in the past. the community when they block at the wellston police department they see more officers that look like them. >> reporter: chief walker is now buying tasers to avoid a situation like this. why officers in nearby st. louis faced with a man with a knife resulted to deadly force. >> i think about this all the time. it's always going to be in my mind until the day i die. when i was looking up to him, it seemed that it was going to be my last breath. i told him. i said thank you for not killing
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me. >> he's pursuing the police department in court in hopes to ensure that no other young black man has to say the same. >> the man who murdered john lennon has been denied parole for an eighth time. the new york parole board said that he would likely break the law if he was released. chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life. the u.s. may have a romantic image of itself as a nation of cowboys and horse lovers, but there is a scandal brewing in wyoming that shows the american west in a different light. the agency charged with protecting wild horses is now accused of selling them to slaughterhouses. >> i see horses up here.
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there is nothing any more exciting hardly than seeing a band of wild horses 1234 for 21 years ginger katherens, a documentary filmmaker, has focused her lens on wild horses that still roam in wyoming and other western states. now katherens has joined a bitter battle to keep them wild. fighting the blm to round up these horses and remove them from this part of wyoming forever. the cattle ranchers here argue that the wild horses overrun these grazing areas on private land. none of the ranchers would speak to us on camera, but the organization that represents them has won the lawsuit against the bureau of land management forcing it to remove hundreds of wild horses from private and public land. in recent years the blm has rounded up wild horses to control their population. the horses go to blm holding pens and pastures but now a
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federal investigation is underway into allegations hundreds were sold to be killed for their meat, a felony offense. the biggest buyer by far is a colorado live stock owner who publicly advocates that the horses should be sold for slaughter. since 2009 he has bought 1700 wild horses according to the blm. in his applications uncovered by the non-profit investigative group "pro publica," davis promised that the horses would be used for movies, turned out to pastures and put on oil fields. but inspection from colorado shows that he sent hundreds of horses with blm brands to texas and other towns near border crossing for animals on their way to slaughterhouses in mexico. the blm refused to comment on his case, and the office of the inspector general said that it's
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investigation is ongoing. ginger kathrens is convinced that the blm looks the other way to get rid of animals it no longer wants. >> do you hold them culpable? >> i certainly do. they are culpable. this is the only wildlife species they're supposed to be managing and they've made a horrible, horrible mess out of it. >> al jazeera, wyoming. >> let's take you now to gaza where we're getting live pictures right now. what you're seeing, these are the latest pictures you're seeing aen explosion that just took place. if not less than minutes ago. there was a black plume of smoke coming up following an explosion. this is the latest from gas, and as we were saying egypt has been trying to encourage both sides to get back to the negotiating table.
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now mexico city has joined the ranks of other major international cities to draw crowds in from home and abroad. it was sponsored by one of mexico's rich he is me richest men carlos sli slim. >> more than 5,000 sea creatures are swimming in these underground waters representing 230 fresh and seawater species from around the world. so far it's a hit with the crowd who payed an entrance fee of $10 a person. despite its proximity to sea waters, many have not seen the
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sea life much less it's depths. it. >> it's important to expose kids to this because it stimulates them. >> there is big business underpinning the underground tanks. carlos slim, mexico's richest man, is the main sponsor. above ground the aquarium is surrounded by cultural attractions owned in large part by slim. it attracted thousands of people on opening day and they hope to see a million people pass through its doors in the first year alone. it sits across the street from carlos slim museum and whole arts and cultural complex that includes a broadway style theater and shopping mall. slim and other investors hope that this latest attraction will bring more people to this space to spend their time and money. >> reporter: the aquarium director said art and culture
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are good business these days. >> it's like your one-stop, all-day, going to the museum, aquarium, the other museum, the theater, we have movie theaters around. it's a one-stop cultural tour. >> reporter: number writer has been following slim for years. he said its more about making money. >> his brand is not known in mexico city and outside of mexico city so it's using a novelty in the capitol of the country to put their name there. >> reporter: whether or not the aquarium make much profit, th the man behind it will keep attracting people to its brand. >> passionate stories of seduction and betrayal.
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